OCEAN CITY — With Labor Day having come and gone, the Ocean City Police Commission this week reviewed the crime reports for the month of August and the year-to-date totals, revealing a mixed bag of results in both time periods.
Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the August crime data, including the monthly incidents and arrests as well as the year-to-date figures to the Police Commission on Wednesday. The report for August indicated an increase of about 5 percent overall in total calls for service, both citizen initiated and officer initiated. The total number of calls for service in August 2015 was 8,773, up from the 8,352 number reported in August 2014.
However, a breakdown of the individual crime numbers in the comparison revealed some anomalies. With roughly the same number of people in the resort, according to the city’s estimates, in August 2014 to August 2015, it would stand to reason the number of crimes would remain fairly consistent, but the report reveals several spikes in both directions in many individual crime types.